BAA's UK airports as a whole handled a total of
8.2 million passengers in March 2010, a decrease of 1.5% on the
same month last year. Heathrow airport saw 5.2 million passengers
travel through last month, an increase of 0.4% compared to March
The two periods of industrial action affecting
British Airways services caused an estimated net loss of 200,000
passengers across the UK airports, of which 180,000 were at
Without strikes it is estimated that Heathrow
would have recorded a growth of 3.8% on last year, while the group
as a whole would have seen an increase of 1%.
9.6%), Edinburgh (down 3.3%) and Aberdeen (down 4.4%) were all
affected by the British Airways industrial action, with each
losing an estimated 1 to 2% of traffic for this reason.
airports unaffected by the strikes, Stansted's traffic declined by
4.2% compared to last March. Southampton grew 5.3%, whilst Naples grew 5.7%.
Colin Matthews, BAA's chief executive officer, said, "There is
no doubt that the market remains difficult, compounded by
industrial action last month. Despite the industrial action,
Heathrow continued to demonstrate the resilience which comes from
its role as the UK's only hub airport."
services across the group recorded a 0.1% increase and North
Atlantic traffic was up by 1.7%. Other long haul traffic rose by
0.5% overall with services from Heathrow to China up 10.9%, the
Middle East up 7.2% and South America up 6.8% doing particularly well. Domestic traffic dropped 6.8%, largely as a
result of the British Airways industrial action.
group air transport movements fell by 6.6% in March, with Heathrow
6.5% lower. It is estimated that Heathrow lost 1,400 movements as
a result of strike action, about 3.5% of its expected monthly
Cargo continued its recent strong recovery with a
27.7% increase in tonnage at Group level and 29.6% increase at
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